After a long week, nothing tastes better than a glass (or three) of Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir alongside a sweet snack or savory cheese. However, if you’ve ever wanted to combine the best of both worlds, you’re in luck. The creators of these wine-infused snacks have you covered.
Here are some of our current favorite wine foods.
Tracy’s Wine Jellies
These spreadable delicacies feature different wine options, and even a selection of craft beer varieties. Complementary flavors are combined to enhance the experience. Popular flavors include their best-selling Hot Pepper Chardonnay, Strawberry Rosé and Cranberry-Raspberry Merlot.
More than 10 different flavors are available that combine fruits and spicy peppers with the perfect wine pairing. They taste wonderful over pork, chicken, spread on top of a soft triple-cream brie cheese or even used as a saucy addition in your next grilled cheese sandwich.
Bellavitano Merlot Cheese
A good wine-and-cheese pairing can enhance the flavors of both. So it’s inevitable that a product would combine the two. This cow’s milk cheese is soaked in bold Merlot, which allows the wine’s fruit notes to soak through and create a rich, indulgent snack. This cheese really doesn’t need to be accompanied by more than a plain cracker, but another glass of Merlot wouldn’t hurt.
Mercer’s Wine Ice Cream
Mercer’s found a way to blend the two products you turn to the most, whether you’ve had a stressful day or just a night in with friends: wine and ice cream.
The company has a wine-tinged ice cream for all seasons. Mulled wine with hints of warm cinnamon and nutmeg forms the base of Mercer’s Spice offering, perfect for fall. Strawberry Sparkling, a great summer option, blends Moscato Spumante with strawberries. Add a scoop to strawberry sparkling water for an inspired spritzer. Also available are Peach White Zinfandel, Cherry Merlot, Chocolate Cabernet, Port, Red Raspberry Chardonnay, Shiraz, Riesling and a Lemon Sparkling made with Prosecco.
Wine Gummies from Sugarfina
Sugarfina has been creating sophisticated candies for some time since the invention of their Green Juice Gummy Bears, a blend of pressed juices and vitamins in gummy form (probably as healthy as candy will ever be). Now the producer has turned its sights toward wine. One option, But First, Rosé Roses, are infused with rosé from Provence, molded into the shape of pale blush rose blooms. For the refined sweet tooth, Champagne Bears are infused with Dom Pérignon Vintage Champagne. It’s a sophisticated candy fit for any occasion.
Bissinger’s Chocolate-Covered Muscat Wine Grapes
These fruity, bite-sized Muscat grapes are coated in 60% dark chocolate and infused with Shiraz, a perfect snack for your next get-together or romantic evening. Full-bodied Shiraz’s rich red berry flavors and peppery finish add a slightly spicy bite to these grapes, interesting alongside the bitterness of the dark chocolate.
Volpi Wine Salami
Elevate your next charcuterie board with something beyond the same old salami and prosciutto. Volpi creates wine-infused versions of their flavorful, dry-cured meats using a secret family recipe along with a whole lot of time and patience.
Volpi’s wine-salami offerings include Chianti, Pinot Grigio, Prosecco and rosé, available to be sliced, diced and savored. There’s minimal processing involved, as its salami are infused with the wine, so you can still feel good about a bit of indulgence.
Canada is increasingly becoming a top wine destination, with Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario, Canada, being particularly known for its excellent Icewines. Production is such a part of the local culture, the area even has an annual outdoor Icewine Festival in frigid January, complete with ice bars, hot foods, roaring bonfires and shops, where vineyards can come give visitors samples of their famous wines.
To celebrate the region’s specialty, area chocolate shop Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory developed large chocolate truffles infused with local Icewines. The current offering uses Cabernet Franc as its base, but that can change depending on harvest, vintage and the creativity of its chocolatiers.
FrutaPOP Wine Popsicles
Even though summer has come and gone, FrutaPOP’s wine popsicles are just the kind of treat to stash in the freezer year-round for when the craving hits. Its Mango Mimosa pops burst with flavor, thanks in part to sparkling Prosecco. The Brosé Rosé or more mild Coconut Rosé pops are great on their own, but you can also break them up to use as ice cubes in your next mimosa for a delicious treat.
Gourmet Wine Cotton Candy
Chocolate Storybook found a way to turn one of our favorite carnival sweets into another wine treat. Its variety of light, fluffy cotton candies includes high-brow options like Chardonnay, Merlot, rosé and Champagne. Not only delicious, these treats are unique and different. At your next party, try stuffing some flutes with Champagne cotton candy and top with the genuine article for a sweet sip.
The Doughnut Project
There’s a lot of competition in New York City when it comes to innovation in baking, crafting cocktails or cooking. But The Doughnut Project is one place that never has an issue standing out with creative creations like its Everything Bagel donut or Bone Marrow variety.
With flavors like that, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the Morton Street shop recently released a wine donut creatively called the Chandonut Rosé. It’s made with Chandon sparkling rosé and decorated with edible rose petals, for extra indulgence.